It's well known at this point that he is taking stock of what's best for his family in ways he may not have in the past, with his children coming of age and trying to get their legs under them. And then Collin, we got to get there with experience as well.
A title won't be on the line for the Lakers this summer, but the pressure to deliver will be comparable.
On Thursday, fansite Lakers Nation noted that the Lakers had accumulated yet another second-round pick, 39th overall from Philadelphia. With Brown temporarily running things heading into free agency, there's no elaborate chain of command to penetrate or competing ideas to work through.
Of the nine draft picks, three of them - Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway and Caris LeVert - were rated as three-stars out of high school, and all three were taken in the first round. If the Lakers mystique is still alive and well, now is the time to prove it. He led MI with 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season, demonstrating versatility and a steady outside shot to go with his big-game clutch performances in the tournament. He joined Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to have 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal. After testing the waters of the National Basketball Association last season, Wagner went back to school to improve, and he certainly did. His 38 percent 3-point mark isn't bad either. "I am going to love it and leave it all out there [for the Lakers]". The picks each team made had major implications for the direction this off-season free agency will take.
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Second-round picks differ from first-round selections in that they don't count against the salary cap. When he became a free agent in 2014, LeBron met with only the Heat and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert in person.
Moritz Wagner speaks to the media after being selected by the Los Angeles Lakers at the 2018 NBA Draft on June 21, 2018 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Los Angeles acquired the 25th pick from Cleveland last February in the trade involving Isaiah Thomas, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.
The Lakers worked out 125 players over the past few months.